Sometimes we have to look online to obtain our tarantulas. I have a couple of places that I have ordered from that I highly recommend. Don’t get me wrong, you can get tarantulas at local stores but certain tarantulas are harder to come by so you have to look to the internet to find them. It helps to know who is a great place to buy from. I have 3 I personal trust. My tarantulas arrived alive and in good health and are thriving. I’ve done the online shopping at least 4 times.
First one is Ken the Bug Guy. Very awesome. He is on the west coast. He has a vast selection. I just got my Regal Jumping Spider from him yesterday and she is doing wonderfully. I know several people that order from him. I’ve gotten a total of 6 tarantulas from him. My spider bro has gotten the same I do believe. We generally order together since we opt for overnight shipping. I do recommend overnight shipping. He guarantees live arrivals. If they aren’t alive you can contact him for a replacement.
Second is Fear Not Tarantulas. They are on the east coast. We’ve done only 1 order from them. Overnight of course. We each got orange baboon tarantulas and pink zebra beautys. The PZBs are difficult to come by so we opted to go with them. They came in alive and still thriving. My OBT is getting larger. My PZB is still a wee one but they are dwarf tarantulas. I recommend them as well.
Third is J & T Reptiles and Exotics. We’ve done 1 online order with them but as they are in Florida we see them at Repticon 3 times a year in Tampa. Great people to talk to. I would say 8 of my tarantulas are from them. All are doing wonderfully.
Some tarantulas you never see… Like at all. So we in the hobby like to call these pet holes. You see a hole and that’s about it. You may see a leg from time to time. Once in a blue moon the tarantula will come all the way out.
Some tarantulas are content with how you set their tanks. They just go about their way being well a tarantula. Some however like to feng shui. Or as I like to call it throw tantrums and dig up everything and move everything around.
This is the tank of Coffee. She is a curly hair tarantula. Also she is a burrower so she likes to be underground. Well normally there is a tiny mountain of dirt. I looked in the other day and the leaves were gone and the water dish was buried and dirt was flung around. I like my spring cleaning but damn.
My good friend / co worker / spider bro made this piece of art. He based it off a dog moods art. It’s very true. You can follow him on Instagram at eevul.
Sometimes we have to have fun with decorating our tanks for tarantulas. I know some that put in plastic army men. Well I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with my orange baboon tarantula tank. I was gonna be a smart ass and put in Hello Kitty but since I’m into horror why not put in my Billy figure from Saw. Which is almost poetic once you learn about OBTs.
Bugs in general get such bad reps. I’ll even admit they use to creep me out a bit. I even have a friend that he screams like a little girl if a spider is around. It’s very funny. Now if I see a spider in my apartment and I realize it isn’t one of mine that has escaped I will offer it whatever food I have available. Some species are very docile. Like Rose Hairs or Pink Zebra Beauty. You have some that are very defensive and will either hide or escape or fling hairs like a Mexican Red Knee. Of course any tarantula can bite. Thankfully I have not been biten but I am not cocky enough to think I will never be either. It helps to be able to understand the tarantulas better so you can anticipate what may happen. Like a Cobalt Blue or Orange Baboon, you need to be respectful of them. I have both of these. I wouldn’t have gotten them if I didn’t think I was confident I could care for them to the best of my abilities. All of my tarantulas are well cared for. I keep them on strict feeding schedules. I spot clean their tanks.
And lastly I found this great shirt on Etsy that shows a tartantula holding a sign saying free hugs. I got this shirt and love it. A must for any tarantula owner.
In November of 2015 a friend of mine and I were trying to figure out what to do. I was like do you like reptiles at all. She’s like yeah why. Repticon happened to be going on in Tampa. So we hauled ass over. We wondered the show. She ended up buying a red corn snake. I kepted looking at tarantulas. They were fascinating to me. I ended up purchasing a sub adult Avicularia avicularia. Also known as a Pink Toe. It actually has pink toes. I named her Mountain Dew because she was a fast little bugger. The rest is history.